Summer Alert: Leading Cause Of Death For Toddlers Is Drowning

The Center for Disease Control reports that the leading cause of death for toddlers is drowning.

Summer is the time to relax and enjoy the sun but pool safety should never be overlooked.

Water survival skills, knowing CPR, fences around pools and life jackets and floating devices are no substitute for adult supervision of little ones.

Death rates were highest for children between ages 1 and 4. In this age group, about 2.5 deaths occurred for every 100,000 children in the population, the report said. Overall, there were 1.3 deaths per 100,000 people in the United States. More than half of all people treated in emergency rooms for near drowning were less than 4 years old, the report said.

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